jeudi 5 janvier 2012

[News] - [Couverture] - 2011 part 2

J'ouvre cette séquence de News avec une news sur Kresley Cole, connue en France pour sa série Les Ombres de la Nuit, paru aux édition J'ai Lu collection Crépuscule
Elle va bientôt faire paraître une série dérivée de cette saga, The Dacians : Realm of Blood and Mist, dont le premier tome Shadow's Claim devrait sortir pour le 21 août prochain. Je vous met ce qu'on peut trouver sur Goodreads comme Synopsis : 
#1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, a brand new paranormal romance collection following the royal bloodline of Dacia, a mysterious vampire kingdom within The Lore (Cole’s world of mythological creatures in her award-winning Immortals After Dark series).

Series opener Shadow’s Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom—as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia’s notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?
Aucune couverture disponible pour le moment. 



Par Heather Killough-Walden : le second tome de la série Lost Angels intitulé Messenger's Angel sortira le 5 juin.

Ensuite, vous le savez surement déjà, mais le prochain livre de Rachel Vincent, de la série Unbound : Shadow Bound sortira le 22 mai. 

Le troisième tome de la série Jane True de Nicole Peeler, Tempest's Fury sortira le 26 juin. 

Le quatrième livre de la série The Sons of the Zodiac de Addison Fox sortira le 1er mai sous le titre : Warrior Enchanted

Ce livre là je l'attendais pas mal, c'est la suite de Viper Moon. Lee Roland fait donc une série intitulée Earth Witch. Vengeance Moon sortira le 5 juin prochain. 
The Sisters of Justice

We are the Sisters of Justice. For millennia we have served the ancient Mother Goddess. Ashera, Inaras, Ishtar, are but a few of a thousand names they have called the ancient Earth Mother, the Mother of Men. Most of her servants see her as a nurturer, a giver of life. The Sisters of Justice see her darker image. Men will call her Kali—Kali the Destroyer.

She hides that darker face and we are abandoned—save when she needs us. We are the last she calls, when all of her earth witches’ gentle methods fail. We worship her. We despise her. We are her dark angels, her servants. Our blades are sharp and we strike upon her command.

Mother Evelyn
25 January, 1951

Ensuite voici la - magnifique - couverture de la suite de Hereafter (Au-delà en français chez City) par Tara Hudson. A paraître le 5 juin prochain (rappel : ce sera une trilogie).

Et je conclue ce morceau par le quatrième tome de la série Wings de Aprilynne Pike : Destined. Disponible le 1er mai prochain.


Top 2012

Kristina de ATUF a également fait son top 12 des titres les plus attendus : (personnellement certains me font saliver d'avance)

book cover of 

Let Them Eat Stake 

 (Vampire Chef, book 2)


Sarah Zettel

Available on April 3, 2012 from Signet
When Charlotte Caine caters a vampire wedding, she’s in for a rude reception...
It’s a dream for a “Vampire Chef” — cater the high-profile wedding of a 200-year-old vampire and a wealthy witch. So why did celebrity chef Oscar Simmons walk away from the gig? Charlotte agrees to take his place, even though she knows this event, thrown by power-hungry vampires and witches, could make (or break) her career, her restaurant, and her life.
But when Simmons turns up dead, the groom’s family starts vanishing, and the police start asking pointed questions, Charlotte fears she may have picked the wrong wedding to stake her reputation on...
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
I will admit that I haven’t read the first book in this series yet, but I saw this and decided to add it immediately after seeing that it involved a vampire chef.  The concept just seemed so oddly quirky and I hope it’s as amusing as I think it will be based on the description and cover.  Also it’s a combination of two genres I really enjoy: murder mysteries and urban fantasy.     
Available on March 6, 2012 from DAW
Discount Armageddon introduces us to Verity Price, journeyman cryptozoologist, ballroom dancer, and former reality television star. She's on assignment in Manhattan, researching the local cryptid community while she pursues her dance career. It's a cushy least until local cryptids start disappearing, and all signs start pointing to a man from the Covenant of St. George. But is Dominic De Luca really to blame? And if she casts her suspicions in the wrong place, is she going to survive the experience?
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
The cover is really cool looking and I am secretly fascinated by cryptozoology so I’m quite excited about this book. Hopefully Nessie (aka the Loch Ness Monster) is in it somehow! I also wonder what type of reality show Verity was on? Perhaps something akin to Dancing with the Stars or Big Brother? 

Available on May 22, 2012 from St. Martin's Paperbacks
Welcome to the secret wing of County Hospital—where vampires get transfusions, werewolves have silver allergies, and one nurse is in way over her head…
Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…
Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words — Save Anna — and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul.
Gray’s Anatomy was never like this…
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
This book looks like a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what type of messed up craziness happens in this hospital’s secret ward. I stopped watching Gray’s Anatomy and House awhile ago so I’m itching for some wacky hospital antics in any form. I haven’t checked but this could be a start of a series which would be pretty neat and defiantly doable.  

Available on April 8, 2012 from Flux
A paranormal mystery involving London’s most notorious killer
In 1888, following her mother’s sudden death, seventeen-year-old Arabella Sharp goes to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. At her grandmother’s request, Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital, where she discovers a passion for helping the unfortunate women and children there.
But within days, female patients begin turning up brutally murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Even more horrifying, Abbie starts having strange visions that lead her straight to the Ripper’s next massacres. As her apparent psychic connection with the twisted killer grows stronger, Abbie is drawn into a deadly mystery involving the murders, her mother’s shadowed past, and a secret brotherhood of immortals—who’ll
stop at nothing to lure Abbie into its “humanitarian” aims.
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
I’ve always had a morbid curiosity about the real Jack the Ripper case.  It’s this open ended unsolved murder mystery that no one has closed and because of that it makes the story so creepy feeling.  I like seeing people’s theories on just who or even what Jack the Ripper was, and RIPPER sounds like the answer to that decades old question will be darkly complex.

Available on August 7, 2012 from Orbit
Emma Bannon, Prime sorceress in the service of the Empire, has a mission: to protect Archibald Clare, a failed, unregistered mentath. His skills of deduction are legendary, and her own sorcery is not inconsiderable. It doesn’t much help that they dislike each other, or that Bannon’s Shield, Mikal, might just be a traitor himself. Or that the conspiracy killing registered mentaths and sorcerers alike will just as likely kill them as seduce them into treachery toward their Queen. In an alternate London where illogical magic has turned the Industrial Revolution on its head, Bannon and Clare now face hostility, treason, cannon fire, black sorcery, and the problem of reliably finding hansom cabs.
The game is afoot…
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
This looks like The Avengers/Sherlock Holmes with an added paranormal flair which sounds like a pretty cool concept. I am also a sucker for alternate histories so I want to see what this author decides to do with magic affecting the Industrial Revolution. Hopefully like The Avengers and Sherlock Holmes they get into many fun and dangerous situations.   

Available on June 5, 2012 from St. Martin's Griffin
In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. They know just the right spell to punish an ex-boyfriend—and the perfect hex to bring rivals to their knees. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?
In this bewitching collection, nine of today’s hottest paranormal authors tell otherworldly tales featuring spell-spinners who cast deadly hexes—and stories of their hapless, and not-so-hapless, victims. Chock full of paranormal hijinx, this fantastic collection will hold readers spellbound—and enchant readers everywhere with its irresistible hex appeal!
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
With the number of authors I love involved with this anthology I had to add it to my list.  I’m looking forward to the various types of tales of witches and hexes.  And just look at that cover. How can you not want to
read it! 

Available on May 29, 2012 from Berkley Hardcover
No full description yet but we do know it involves Riaz and Adria, who appeared in previous books. Plus there is an excerpt available in place of a description at Nalini Singh’s website here.
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick: 
I actually spent the week of Thanksgiving  reading the first few books of The Psy-Changling series which I had skipped for no good reason. Then I decided to just skim through all of the really good bits of the books I already had read. What I’m saying is I really enjoy this series. It’s isn’t as dark as the Guild Hunter series but it’s just as intricate and sexy.  I love learning about the emotionless Psy and their increasingly dangerous motives. Also, I don’t think there is one character that I don’t like in this series. I look forward to getting to know two more characters and seeing the growing conflict between Psy and Changlings in this book. 
Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)

Available on March 6, 2012 from Ace Hardcover
They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
As with most of Patricia Briggs’ books, I fell in love with these characters and Briggs’ take on werewolf mythology in the Alpha and Omega series. The concept of the Omega wolf was really interesting to me and I am enjoying following Anna’s character growth as she learns about being an Omega werewolf.  I am excited to see what is in store for Anna and Charles in this book.

Available on March 4, 2012 from Orbit
Alexia Tarabotti, Lady Maccon, has settled into domestic bliss. Of course, being Alexia, such bliss involves integrating werewolves into London High society, living in a vampire's second best closet, and coping with a precocious toddler who is prone to turning supernatural willy-nilly. Even Ivy Tunstell's acting troupe's latest play, disastrous to say the least, cannot put a damper on Alexia's enjoyment of her new London lifestyle.
Until, that is, she receives a summons from Alexandria that cannot be ignored. With husband, child, and Tunstells in tow, Alexia boards a steamer to cross the Mediterranean. But Egypt may hold more mysteries than even the indomitable Lady Maccon can handle. What does the vampire Queen of the Alexandria Hive really want from her? Why is the God-Breaker Plague suddenly expanding? And how has Ivy Tunstell suddenly become the most popular actress in all the British Empire?
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
This series is to blame for my “To Be Read” pile filling up with steampunk books.  I started the Parasol Protectorate series on a whim and I was not disappointed!  I love it’s absurdly quirky characters, wit, and entertaining plots.  And since this is the last in a beloved series, I am eagerly anticipating it and will defiantly be watching for more books by Gail Carriger.
Angels' Flight (Angels' Pawn #0.5, Angels' Judgment #1.5, Angel's Wolf #4.5, Angels' Dance #4.75)

Available on Berkley February 28, 2012 from Berkley
In Angel’s Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.
In Angels’ Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all...
In Angels' Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless...
In Angels’ Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
I adore the angel mythology in this series which helps to feed my slight fascination with angels that I’ve had since I was very young.  The imagery in each book is wonderful and the characters are all compelling, beautiful, and awesome in so many ways.  The Guild Hunter series is dark and sexy with plots that twist and turn and make for great stories. I am excited to dip back into this world with this book. 
SmileReceived for review

Available on February 28, 2012, 2012 from Pocket Books
**Spoiler if you haven’t read the previous book**
Gin Blanco never thought she’d need a vacation from being an assassin. But a few weeks ago, she killed Mab Monroe, her nemesis and the most powerful Fire elemental in Ashland. Now, all the city’s lowlifes are trying to make a name for themselves by taking out the Spider. So she heads south to a swanky beach town, along with her baby sister, Bria, for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when an old friend of Bria’s is threatened by a powerful vampire with deadly elemental magic, it looks like Gin will have to dig the silverstone knives out of her suitcase after all. But this time, her special powers might not be enough to prevent her from coming home in a pine box…
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
I am looking forward to this installment because I’m very interested in seeing the aftermath of the events of the previous book and how if at all it affects the characters and the series as a whole.  I have some questions as to just what life will be like after Mab since I felt the previous book could have been the end of the series. Are we going to get a brand new main baddie or just random people going after Gin in the rest of this series? Who knows?  

Available on July 24, 2012 from Dutton Adult
No description yet.
Why it’s a Paranormal Pick:
Since this series is what got me started on the urban fantasy genre, I decided make the last book of the Otherworld series my number one pick regardless of having no description .  It’s been a wonderful ride filled with amazing mythology and engaging characters.  Hopefully this book is truly as ‘epic’ as the book’s cover says it will be. I’ve enjoyed reading each book and will be looking forward to reading more stories by Kelley Armstrong in the future.  I may have to read this one really really slowly to make it last longer though…

Honorable Mention:

These are the titles releasing later in 2012 that have neither covers nor descriptions yet, but they are the next installments or spin-offs of my favorite series, so even sight unseen, I’m already dying to read them:
Untitled (The Edge, #4) by Ilona Andrews - November 29th 2012 by Ace
Etiquette & Espionage (The Finishing School, #1) by Gail Carriger - 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn- 2012 by Grand Central Publishing

What are your top Paranormal Picks for 2012?



Destiny's Fire, de Trisha Wolfe sera disponible le 10 janvier et à l'air génial !

Synopsis Goodreads

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she's forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she's feared her whole life.

A blue so dark, de Holly Schindler est à présent disponible (et a été à un moment à 0.99$ sur le Kindle Store

Et enfinon conclue les séries YA avec la sortie du dernier tome de la trilogie Talisman de Brenda Pandos


Avis au moins 4/5

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand
Publisher: Accendo Press (November 22nd, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 288 pages
Source: Author
Series: Dirty Blood, book #1
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.


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